General Knowledge Questions (172)

  1. What was the population of the world at 31 Oct 2011 according to the United Nations: 4 billion; 5bn; 7bn; or 9bn?
  2. Traditional UK government terminology for the persuasion of ministers to vote according to party policy is called: Prod; Poke; Push; Whip; or Lash?
  3. The word desultory means: Rude and obscene; Humble and modest; Disconnected and unmethodical; or Cooling and sobering?
  4. What French term, meaning 'high dressmaking', refers internationally to expensive designer clothing, typically of leading fashion houses?
  5. What national population is projected (as at 2011) to overtake China in 2020 as the largest in the world?
  6. Cristina Kirchner was re-elected president of which country in October 2011?
  7. Horology is the study of the measurement of what?
  8. What is the Christian service or ceremony, named from Greek meaning grateful, commemorating the Last Supper?
  9. What grammatical sign takes its name from the Greek words 'under' and 'one'?
  10. What military leader's name is an arm-lock applied from from behind, typically used in wrestling?
  11. Kaun Banega Crorepati is loose Hindi translation and an Indian version of what popular TV gameshow?
  12. What country features centrally and ironically in a map of Europe on the reverse face of Euro coins?
  13. Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, and Audemars Piguet are all notable what: Watchmakers; Racing Drivers; Footballers; or Sculptors?
  14. Lumia is a product brand of which phone company?
  15. What incendiary gel weapon takes its name from its napthenic and palmitic acid constituents?
  16. What iconic Moscow theatre reopened in 2011 after major refurbishment and earlier decades of neglect?
  17. From Greek for gadfly, what is the sex hormonal substance which maintains/develops human female body characteristics?
  18. What is the darkly common name for the plague which killed 30-50% of Europe between 1347-52?
  19. The stern of a ship is its: Front-end; Back-end; Underside; or Deck?
  20. From an old saying, a popular modern term for an advance booking discount is an 'Early (what)'? (bonus point, what is the full expression?)
  21. How many grooves are on one side of a standard 33RPM vinyl LP record?
  22. What sea lies directly south of the Irish Sea, bounded by England, Wales, Ireland and Brittany?
  23. Spell: Ambivolent; Ambivolant; Ambivelant; or Ambivalent?
  24. The 30 October 2011 F1 Grand Prix is which nation's first hosting of the event?
  25. Name the Israeli corporal released in October 2011 by Palestinian Hamas militants, held hostage since June 2006?
  26. Name the English 1960s playwright (of Loot and Entertaining Mister Sloane), imprisoned with (and later murdered by) boyfriend Kenneth Halliwell for defacing library books in 1962?
  27. Yulia Tymoshenko, controversially jailed for seven years in 2011 for exceeding her authority in signing a Russian gas deal, was prime minister of which country?
  28. Actress Marzieh Vafamehr was sentenced to 90 lashes and a year in prison after appearing in an Australian film critical of what country, her homeland?
  29. The UK's most senior civil servant has traditionally held what post: Cabinet Secretary; Speaker; Black Rod; or King/Queen?
  30. The Saltire is which country's flag?

General Knowledge Answers (172)

  1. What was the population of the world at 31 Oct 2011 according to the United Nations: 4 billion; 5bn; 7bn; or 9bn? 7 billion
  2. Traditional UK government terminology for the persuasion of ministers to vote according to party policy is called: Prod; Poke; Push; Whip; or Lash? Whip
  3. The word desultory means: Rude and obscene; Humble and modest; Disconnected and unmethodical; or Cooling and sobering? Disconnected and unmethodical (as in communications particularly, from French desultor, vaulter, and earlier, salire, leap)
  4. What French term, meaning 'high dressmaking', refers internationally to expensive designer clothing, typically of leading fashion houses? Haute Couture
  5. What national population is projected (as at 2011) to overtake China in 2020 as the largest in the world? India
  6. Cristina Kirchner was re-elected president of which country in October 2011? Argentina
  7. Horology is the study of the measurement of what? Time (and also the manufacture and collection of time-keeping instruments)
  8. What is the Christian service or ceremony, named from Greek meaning grateful, commemorating the Last Supper? Eucharist (from eukharistos - eu meaning well, and kharis, grace)
  9. What grammatical sign takes its name from the Greek words 'under' and 'one'? Hyphen
  10. What military leader's name is an arm-lock applied from from behind, typically used in wrestling? Nelson
  11. Kaun Banega Crorepati is loose Hindi translation and an Indian version of what popular TV gameshow? Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?
  12. What country features centrally and ironically in a map of Europe on the reverse face of Euro coins? UK (or Britain, not a member of the Euro)
  13. Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, and Audemars Piguet are all notable what: Watchmakers; Racing Drivers; Footballers; or Sculptors? Watchmakers
  14. Lumia is a product brand of which phone company? Nokia
  15. What incendiary gel weapon takes its name from its napthenic and palmitic acid constituents? Napalm (a portmanteau word)
  16. What iconic Moscow theatre reopened in 2011 after major refurbishment and earlier decades of neglect? Bolshoi
  17. From Greek for gadfly, what is the sex hormonal substance which maintains/develops human female body characteristics? Oestrogen (from Greek oistros, meaning gadfly and frenzy)
  18. What is the darkly common name for the plague which killed 30-50% of Europe between 1347-52? Black Death
  19. The stern of a ship is its: Front-end; Back-end; Underside; or Deck? Back-end
  20. From an old saying, a popular modern term for an advance booking discount is an 'Early (what)'? Bird (bonus point, what is the full expression? 'The early bird catches the worm')
  21. How many grooves are on one side of a standard 33RPM vinyl LP record? One
  22. What sea lies directly south of the Irish Sea, bounded by England, Wales, Ireland and Brittany? Celtic Sea
  23. Spell: Ambivolent; Ambivolant; Ambivelant; or Ambivalent? Ambivalent (it means having two/mixed/contradictory feelings or ideas about a subject)
  24. The 30 October 2011 F1 Grand Prix is which nation's first hosting of the event? India
  25. Name the Israeli corporal released in October 2011 by Palestinian Hamas militants, held hostage since June 2006? Gilad Shalit
  26. Name the English 1960s playwright (of Loot and Entertaining Mister Sloane), imprisoned with (and later murdered by) boyfriend Kenneth Halliwell for defacing library books in 1962? Joe Orton (they took and then replaced books after adding amusing collages to the covers, in protest at the quality of reading offered by Essex Road Library in Islington, North London)
  27. Yulia Tymoshenko, controversially jailed for seven years in 2011 for exceeding her authority in signing a Russian gas deal, was prime minister of which country? Ukraine
  28. Actress Marzieh Vafamehr was sentenced to 90 lashes and a year in prison after appearing in an Australian film critical of what country, her homeland? Iran
  29. The UK's most senior civil servant has traditionally held what post: Cabinet Secretary; Speaker; Black Rod; or King/Queen? Cabinet Secretary (King/Queen might be a figuratively amusing answer, but technically incorrect)
  30. The Saltire is which country's flag? Scotland


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